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Boy Scouts Remind Community To Have Scouting For Food Donations Out Saturday

November 14, 2018

The 35th annual Scouting For Food collection is set to take place Saturday, Nov. 16. Scouts from the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America delivered over 1 million blue Scouting For Food bags last weekend. They are asking residents to fill the bags with non-perishable food items and place them on doorsteps Saturday by 9 a.m. for pickup.

Residents who did not receive a bag can still contribute by dropping off canned goods to any Goodwill store Nov. 18-24.

Use the Scouting For Food Toolkit to promote this important event!

When it comes to donations, canned fruits, vegetables, soups, tuna, chicken, and pasta sauce, and meals in a box, such as hamburger helper, are most needed.

By giving to Scouting For Food, residents are helping those in need right in their own community. In the St. Louis area, Scouts take collected food donations to a local firehouse to be sorted and boxed. Sunset Transportation provides vehicles, equipment, and volunteer drivers to transport the 500-plus pallets of food to the St. Louis Area Foodbank for further distribution to over 500 hunger-relief programs and local agencies in the bi-state area. In southeast Missouri and southern Illinois, Scouts take donations directly to local food pantries.

[ Thank you to our 2019 Scouting For Food sponsors: MERS Missouri Goodwill, Great Clips, and Raising Cane’s. ]


Scouting For Food is the Boy Scouts’ annual service project. Each year, the project collects about 2 million food items making it the largest one-day food drive in the Boy Scouts of America.

Residents whose bags are missed Saturday can call 800-392-0895.

About the Greater St. Louis Area Council
The Greater St. Louis Area Council, a United Way agency, provides youth with character development programs and values-based leadership training. The council, one of the largest in the nation, has more than 66,700 members and nearly 15,000 adult volunteers. They come from 51 different counties in southeast Missouri, southern Illinois and the St. Louis Metropolitan area. For more information, visit

About MERS Missouri Goodwill Industries
Celebrating 100 years, MERS Goodwill changes lives through the power of work. Its vision is a community where each individual has the opportunity to learn, work, and achieve their greatest potential. Annually serving more than 50,000 individuals, the non-profit agency operates in 75 locations serving 89 counties in the bi-state area. Revenues from 44 Goodwill stores assist with funding MERS Goodwill job training and employment services. MERS Goodwill is a proud member of the United Way. For more information about MERS Goodwill or to find a Goodwill donation center near you, call (314) 241-3464 or visit